Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need,
so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between
two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that
the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints
to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me
the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily
Keep in mind that the house I ultimately choose must cost less than
the one I am currently living in. Make sure, however, that you correct
all the deficiencies that exist in my current house (the floor of my
kitchen vibrates when I walk across it, and the walls don't have nearly
enough insulation in them).
As you design, also keep in mind that I want to keep yearly maintenance
costs as low as possible. This should mean the incorporation of extra-cost
features like aluminum, vinyl, or composite siding. (If you choose not
to specify aluminum, be prepared to explain your decision in detail.)
Please take care that modern design practices and the latest materials
are used in construction of the house, as I want it to be a showplace
for the most up-to-date ideas and methods. Be alerted, however, that
kitchen should be designed to accommodate, among other things, my 1952
To insure that you are building the correct house for our entire family,
make certain that you contact each of our children, and also our in-laws.
My mother-in-law will have very strong feelings about how the house
should be designed, since she visits us at least once a year.
Make sure that you weigh all of these options carefully and come to
the right decision. I, however, retain the right to overrule any choices
that you make.
Please don't bother me with small details right now. Your job is to
develop the overall plans for the house: Get the big picture. At this
time, for example, it is not appropriate to be choosing the color of
the carpet. However, keep in mind that my wife likes blue.
Also, do not worry at this time about acquiring the resources to build
the house itself. Your first priority is to develop detailed plans and
specifications. Once I approve these plans, however, I would expect
the house to be under roof within 48 hours.
While you are designing this house specifically for me, keep in mind
that sooner or later I will have to sell it to someone else. It therefore
should have appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers.
Please make sure before you finalize the plans that there is a consensus
of the population in my area that they like the features this house
has. I advise you to run up and look at my neighbor's house that he
constructed last year. We like it a great deal. It has many features
that we would also like in our new home, particularly the 75-foot swimming
pool. With careful engineering, I believe that you can design this into
our new house without impacting the final cost.
Please prepare a complete set of blueprints. It is not necessary at
this time to do the real design, since they will be used only for construction
bids. Be advised, however, that you will be held accountable for any
increase of construction costs as a result of later design changes.
You must be thrilled to be working on as an interesting project as
this! To be able to use the latest techniques and materials and to be
given such freedom in your designs is something that can't happen very
Contact me as soon as possible with your complete ideas and plans.
PS: My wife has just told me that she disagrees with many of the instructions
I've given you in this letter. As architect, it is your responsibility
to resolve these differences. I have tried in the past and have been
unable to accomplish this. If you can't handle this responsibility,
I will have to find another architect.
PPS: Perhaps what I need is not a house at all, but a travel trailer.
Please advise me as soon as possible if this is the case.